DHARAMSHALA: Lobsang Dorjee, a 25-year-old Tibetan who set himself on fire near Kirti monastery in Ngaba in northeastern Tibet (incorporated into China’s Sichuan Province) last Thursday has succumbed to his injuries the next day. The video of the self-immolation protest was posted on YouTube. (Watch)
Lobsang, who was a former monk of Kirti monastery, set fire to himself to protest against the Chinese government’s repressive policies on Tibet on Thursday, days after offering prayers at the prayer congregation being held at Kirti monastery. He was immediately bundled away by the security forces. He later died at a hospital in Barkham in Ngaba, sources said, adding that the Chinese authorities surreptitiously cremated the body despite repeated requests from the family members to hand over the body to them.
Local Tibetans in Ngaba closed their shops and restaurants for three days to mourn and express their solidarity with the family members of the deceased.
The Chinese government has stepped up security clampdown in the region. A large number of police officials in plain clothes have been deployed at the ongoing prayer congregation in Kirti monastery.